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Update for 20/06/13

In this edition: Sponsorship is one of the lifebloods of sporting codes; a new study reported on, in Organisational Capability, analyses more than 1,600 deals in New Zealand and Australia and gives overall figures. The Community Sport section carries research into what rugby clubs spend money on and why. There are several reports on initiatives to engage young people and disadvantaged communities in sport. Off the Bench focuses on Places and Spaces, looking at facilities and their management.

In this Relay


Sport New Zealand

Sport and Recreation Minister Murray McCully has appointed former Silver Ferns and Black Ferns manager Jackie Barron to the board of Sport New Zealand. Crown Forestry Rental Trust Chief Executive and Former Waitangi Tribunal Director Darrin Sykes has also been appointed, stepping in for long-serving board member Rob Fisher who is retiring at the end of July. (

Young People

Australia’s sporting clubs have the potential to recruit over 1.1 million Australian primary school aged children in sport if they can address the key barriers to their sport participation, according to a summary of a new research report (PDF). (Australian Sports Commission) 
Satellite clubs can provide a ‘stepping stone’ between school and community sports clubs, by delivering sport in a way which young people want to receive it and increasing existing club capacity. (Herts Sports Partnership).  
StreetGames supports a network of projects which provide sports and volunteering opportunities to young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK. This presentation looks at the Co-operative StreetGames Volunteer programme, how it works and what it has achieved. (Sheffield Hallam University)
Jennie Price, CEO of Sport England, presents on the importance of sports programmes that target young women who live in the country's most deprived communities. (StreetGames)
The results of this study indicate that dynamic and high volume upper extremity plyometric warm-up activities are likely beneficial to serve speed of elite junior tennis players. (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine)
The ability to focus and switch tasks readily amid distractions was compromised for up to two months following brain concussions suffered by high school athletes, according to a recent study. The discovery suggests that some athletes may need longer recovery periods than current practices dictate to lower the risk of subsequent concussions.  (University of Oregon) 

Community Sport and Recreation

Auckland's predicted growth is one million people over the next 30 years. With proper planning and quality development, that growth can be used to make the region stronger, prouder and more vibrant. This section of the plan outlines strategic directions and priorities for recreation and sport. (Auckland Council)
Have your say. The draft plan will guide how we plan and deliver sport and recreation opportunities to help Aucklanders be more active, more often. You can provide feedback until 4pm on Sunday 30 June 2013. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. (Auckland Council)
The Graham Condon Recreation and Sport Centre opened in October 2011 as the result of a unique partnership between the Council, Northlands Shopping Centre and the Ministry of Education.  This collaborative effort was nominated in the ‘engaging communities’ category in the New Zealand Community Boards Best Practice Awards. (Christchurch City Council)
Walking is the most common recreational and sporting activity undertaken by adults in Britain, with cycling the fourth most common. This guidance sets out how to encourage an increase the amount people walk or cycle for travel or recreation purposes. (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence)
Sports clubs form a major part of New Zealand culture. This study focused on amateur rugby in the Wellington Rugby Football Union and examines the financial performance of clubs in the union, focusing on the nature and drivers of spending at individual club level. (Victoria University)
The vision (PDF) is to change the cycling landscape for women and girls and get one million more on their bikes by 2020. (British Cycling)
The Pacific Sports Partnerships is delivered through partnerships between the Australian Sports Commission with Australian sport organisations and their counterpart regional and national sport federations in the Pacific. (Oceania Sport)
This handbook examines reasons for the exclusion of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender people from mainstream sport and highlights the costs of this exclusion to sport. It provides examples of good practice to create more inclusive, tolerant sporting environments. (Council of Europe) 
Over the past ten years, the number and scale of research projects that focus on patterns of participation, experiences and attitudes to sport by disabled people has steadily increased. Key findings from this body of research are summarised here among other facets of research, including a focus on coaching. (Leeds Metropolitan University)

Outdoor Recreation

This Statement of Intent 2013–2017 for the Department of Conservation sets out medium-term priorities for the Department, including encouraging recreation on public conservation lands and waters. Section 3.4 sets an intermediate outcome: more people in recreation. (
2012 was a roller coaster in the field of Education Outside the Classroom and for Education Outdoors New Zealand. Thousands of students and teachers across the country were involved in authentic learning experiences outside the classroom. (Education Outdoors New Zealand)
This report summarises annual results from the non-ski incident reporting in the National Incident Database (NID) from the 2012 calendar year - January 1st to December 31st. It adds to a series of annual reports which summarised results from previous years. (New Zealand Mountain Safety Council)
More Americans participated in outdoor recreation in 2012 than in any year since The Outdoor Foundation began measuring participation in 2006. Over the past 3 years, multisport activities have experienced the largest average annual increases. The report shows youth and young adults, however, will need to remain an area of focus. (Outdoor Foundation)
How does an individual’s recreation behaviour change in the event of an economic shock such as recession? This paper investigates how employment status changes during the recession and the impact on lake-based recreation demand. (AgEcon Search, Iowa State University)

High Performance

Canterbury’s high performance athletes, who have been without a central training base since the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, have a new place to train and prepare for competition. The Apollo Projects Centre, a government-funded $3.5 million purpose-built high performance training facility in Christchurch, has been officially opened. (High Performance Sport New Zealand)
With momentum building to 2013 Winter Games, this report reflects back on 2011. The report contains sections on media involvement, tourism and marketing and economic impact. (
Sochi’s newly-built Olympic Park, which will house several venues for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, looks set to provide long-lasting benefits for the city. (Olympic Movement)
The 2014 Commonwealth Games represents the largest sporting event ever to be held in Glasgow, indeed in Scotland – both in terms of competitors and complexity of its multi-sport nature. This event provides a perfect opportunity to put into practice the principles and approaches of environmentally sustainable development. (Glasgow City Council)
This annotated bibliography was compiled both to provide the reader with introductory texts to recent trends and debates concerning mega-events, and also on assessing the effects of large sports events on members of the working poor. (University of Cape Town)
South Africa’s carbon footprint for 2010, the year it hosted the football World Cup, was lower than previously expected, says a new United Nations report (PDF), which highlights what other countries can learn to ensure the sustainability of major international sporting events. (United Nations Environment Programme) 
This article discusses the relationship between success of professional male tennis players according to the country and world region from which they originate and the professional tournament structure in men’s tennis in that world region and country. (Journal of Sports Science and Medicine) 

Organisational Capability

Skills Active Aotearoa is New Zealand’s Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the recreation, sport and fitness industries. Among other topics, this report looks at key performance indicators, qualification and resource development, strategy for Māori success and satisfaction surveys. (Skills Active)
While making sure institutional and commercial facilities operate in a safe and efficient manner is always a manager's top priority, providing high-quality customer service can mean a great deal to a department's reputation and the organization's bottom line. (facilitiesnet)
Alliance Group Limited has joined forces with Rowing New Zealand in a new sponsorship that will see the Pure South export brand associated with the New Zealand Rowing team in New Zealand and around the world. (Rowing New Zealand)
The recent appointments of Moya Dodd to FIFA’s Executive Committee and Raelene Castle as CEO of NRL club Canterbury Bulldogs mark significant milestones for women’s presence in sport leadership. (Women’s Agenda)
Sponsorship Today has published a detailed analysis of sponsorship in Australian and New Zealand sport; finding that the combined countries’ sports sponsorship spending is US$880 million. The report lists and analyses 1,662 deals (1,405 in Australia and 257 in New Zealand) and estimates the value of Australian sponsorship at US$735m (AU$774m) and New Zealand at US$145m (NZ$182m). (Sport Business Insider)
Professor Jean-Loup Chappelet, internationally recognized for his work on the economics and governance of sport, discusses the economic impact of sport events. (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)
Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) has appointed Hadleigh Pierson to the new role of Talent Identification Manager. Hadleigh has been with PNZ for five years, and has extensive experience in delivering programmes that identify new athletes and supports them into Paralympic Sport. (Paralympics New Zealand)

Sports Science and Technology

Claims that Australian Football League and Australian Rugby League players have been subjected to treatments and supplement programs that may have breached acceptable medical practice and anti-doping rules has sparked intense scrutiny of the role played by sports scientists at sports clubs. (Australian Medical Association)
This paper analyses the technology of high-technology swimsuits worn by competitive swimmers. (Swimswam)
Sports medicine physicians need clinical tools and processes that support assessment and counselling and ways to link patients to community resources, and specifically to health and fitness professionals. (British Journal of Sports Medicine)
This paper discusses critically selected aspects of the current discussion on barefoot running, specifically differences between barefoot and shod running in kinematics and kinetics, training effects, performance and economy and injury frequency. (Taylor & Francis Online)
Our knees are one of the most complex and important joints in our bodies, and maintaining the health and integrity of this joint should be a priority for athletes and recreationalists alike. (Oregon Health and Science University)
The objective of this study is to determine the stability and sensitivity of a dual-task (DT) methodology that can be used to assess the effects of concussion in athletes. (Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise)
Acupuncture, used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, is gaining popularity as a means of pursuing improved athletic performance. The article examines the pros and cons of acupuncture, and why it may not be appropriate for every athlete. (Peak Performance)

Off the Bench: Places and Spaces

The ways Wellingtonians use parks, reserves, sportsfields and other recreational areas and open spaces changes all the time. This draft plan looks at how Wellington City’s open spaces and sport and recreation activities should be managed in future and proposes priorities. (Wellington City Council)
Timaru District Council is developing a strategy to develop and maintain off-road walking and cycling tracks. This strategy includes current and future provision and levels of service. (Timaru District Council) 
This presentation looks at gyms built outside in a public park, with the all-weather construction of its exercise machines. The topics consider who uses the facilities, barriers and facilitators to their use, and strategies to increase use of the outdoor gyms. (NSW Government) 
In recent years, universities have realised their academic prestige alone is not enough to attract the world’s top students, athletes, and overall academic participants. Universities have gone on a building boom, so that amazing recreation centres characterise campuses across America. (Best College Reviews) 
Royal Life Saving Society – Australia (RLSSA) has recently updated its Guidelines for Safe Pool Operation (GSPO) in an effort to further increase the safety standards within the aquatics industry. (Royal Life Saving Society, Australia
A group of 30 Western Australian sports fans who have played a unique role in helping to shape the new Perth Stadium meet for a final design workshop. (Western Australia Department of Sport and Recreation) 
Christchurch's temporary AMI Stadium, constructed in less than 100 days after the February 2011 Canterbury earthquake, has won the prestigious Project of the Year Award at The Stadium Business Awards 2013. (Australian Leisure Management)

Useful weblinks

A tool created specially to help assess and build equality within national governing bodies of sport to support under-represented groups. Answer just ten questions and you'll receive guidance and examples relevant to your sports organisation.
Written by the youth sports experts at Positive Coaching Alliance, videos, real-life scenarios and more are integrated throughout this site.
Effective communications enable your organisation to achieve its goals.  These articles provide factual, practical information - tips, case studies, news, and announcements - to help you plan, implement, and improve your nonprofit communications efforts. A marketing plan template is available on request. (Getting Attention)

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